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Tuesday, 28 November 2017
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Senators Hinch, Singh and Rhiannon to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) 7.30 recently aired footage of hens having their feet torn off and being boiled alive at the Star Poultry Supply slaughterhouse in the suburb of Keysborough, Victoria, in early 2017,

   (ii) this footage was secretly recorded by animal rights campaigners, and showed practices which regulator PrimeSafe had failed to identify in regular audits, and

   (iii) a number of cases of cruelty to animals in Australian abattoirs have been identified in Australia through covert recording;

(b) acknowledges that:

   (i) this year, both the United Kingdom and France have adopted policies to implement CCTV in all abattoirs to deter animal cruelty in abattoirs and support regulators to audit effectively,

   (ii) New South Wales (NSW) has mandated the appointment of animal welfare officers in all abattoirs to lift the standard of care for animals, and

   (iii) all Australian consumers have an interest in animal welfare, and are entitled to feel confident that meat and poultry on Australian supermarket shelves has not arrived there by way of torture and abuse; and

(c) calls on the Government to:

   (i) urgently advocate for CCTV use in all abattoirs at the next Agricultural Ministers' meeting and at the Council of Australian Governments,

   (ii) urgently advocate for the national adoption of NSW's policy of appointing animal welfare officers in all Australian abattoirs,

   (iii) strengthen the proposed draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry to safeguard poultry welfare at abattoirs and on-farm, and

   (iv) strongly encourage state governments to respond to evidence of animal cruelty with strong sanctions and prosecution. (general business notice of motion no. 604)

Senator Bernardi to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes claims, published in Newsweek on 26 November 2017, that Tesla, a US-listed company with Mr Elon Musk as its CEO, has sacked 700 workers and stands accused of "trying to force them to avoid criticizing the company and its famous CEO", and that "the mass firings targeted pro-union, LGBT and black employees";

(b) further notes claims, published in Fortune magazine on 1 November 2017, noting that "United Auto Workers filed a complaint against Tesla on 25 October 2017, claiming the company fired workers who were trying to unionize";

(c) observes that the South Australian Premier (Mr Weatherill) has indicated he plans to travel to Jamestown, South Australia, this week to celebrate switching on Mr Musk's Tesla-provided battery before 1 December 2017; and

(d) calls upon the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments to cease any involvement with Mr Musk and his companies until the claims of targeting union members, LGBT and African-American employees are resolved. (general business notice of motion no. 605)

Senator Bilyk to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that commemorations are underway for the eighty-fifth anniversary of Holodomor, to mark an enforced famine in Ukraine caused by the deliberate actions of Stalin's Communist Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR);

(b) recalls that it is estimated that up to seven million Ukrainians starved to death, as a result of Stalin's policies in 1932 to 1933 alone;

(c) condemns these acts aimed at destroying the national, cultural, religious and democratic aspirations of the Ukrainian people;

(d) condemns all similar acts during the twentieth century as the ultimate manifestations of racial, ethnic or religious hatred and violence;

(e) honours the memory of those who lost their lives during Holodomor;

(f) joins the Ukrainian Australian community and the international community in commemorating this tragic milestone under the motto, Ukraine Remembers - The World Acknowledges;

(g) recognises the importance of remembering and learning from such dark chapters in human history to ensure that such crimes against humanity are not allowed to be repeated; and

(h) pays its respects to the Australian Ukrainians who lived through this tragedy and have told their horrific stories. (general business notice of motion no.606)

Senator Bernardi to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the latest publicity stunt from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, who have called for taxpayers to build a memorial to 6,000 chickens killed in a truck crash near Lismore, New South Wales on 27 November 2017;

(b) further notes PETA's history of stunts and attacks on Australia's livestock farming, meat manufacturing, meat retail, hunting and racing sectors, putting regional jobs and economies at risk; and

(c) calls upon the Commonwealth Government and all state and territory governments to resist all attempts by PETA to:

   (i) further jeopardise Australia's economy and way of life, and

   (ii) make demands upon Australian taxpayers. (general business notice of motion no. 607)

Senator Singh to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) condemns the appalling and cowardly attack on worshippers in the al Rawdah Mosque in Egypt's Northern Sinai region;

(b) extends its sympathy and support to the families of the 305 victims, including 27 children, who were killed in the attack while they were attending prayers, the 128 people who were wounded, and the Egyptian people; and

(c) stands with all people of goodwill in complete rejection of those who try to use terror and violence to destroy peace. (general business notice of motion no.608)

Senator Watt to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) figures released by the Department of Health this week show that people living in regional Australia are less likely to be bulk-billed for a GP visit, compared with those living in metropolitan cities,

   (ii) people living in regional Australia pay more to access a GP, and that their out-of-pocket costs have increased since the 2016 election,

   (iii) people living in regional Australia are around 20 per cent more likely to skip or delay seeing a GP because of the cost,

   (iv) electorates held by The Nationals have some of the lowest bulk-billing rates in the country, including the electorates of Page ranked 104th, Flynn ranked 111th, Capricornia ranked 112th, and Dawson ranked 115th,

   (v) more than 550 000 Australians living in electorates held by The Nationals will pay more tax under The Nationals' plan to unfairly increase the Medicare levy on low-income earners,

   (vi) the Government is yet to lift any part of their Medicare freeze - rebates for GPs, specialists and allied health services all remain frozen, and

   (vii) the Government's freeze is doing $2.2 billion in damage to Medicare - a cut to the pockets of patients every time they visit a GP, every time they visit a specialist, and every time they receive a Medicare allied health service;

(b) calls on the Government to guarantee:

   (i) immediate and annual indexation of Medicare rebates that have been frozen by this Government,

   (ii) proper Commonwealth investment in public hospitals, so that all Australians can access acute care without financial or other barriers, and

   (iii) that savings from the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review and agreements with stakeholders will be reinvested in Medicare, and not used as an excuse for further cuts; and

(c) condemns the Government for neglecting vital Medicare services in rural and regional Australia. (general business notice of motion no. 609)

Senator Di Natale to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) on 3 July 2017, The GuardianAustralia broke the story that private Medicare numbers were being illegally sold on the dark web,

   (ii) the Minister for Human Services stated that both he and his department had only been made aware of the breach when The Guardian contacted them on 3 July 2017,

   (iii) on 15 September 2017, the Finance and Public Administration References Committee questioned the Department of Human Services during the inquiry into this breach, at which time the department failed to mention any early knowledge about the breach, and

   (iv) on 21 November 2017, it was revealed by The New Daily that heavily redacted FOI documents show that officers of the Department of Human Services were aware of the breach 11 days prior to The Guardian story's publication; and

(b) orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services, by no later than 6.30 pm on 4 December 2017:

   (i) any advice provided to the Minister by the Department of Human Services relating to the breach, prior to 3 July 2017,

   (ii) any documents relating to the breach from the Department of Human Services, prior to 3 July 2017, and

   (iii) any related documents. (general business notice of motion no. 610)

Senators Siewert and Rice to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) that the vast majority of Australians voted for marriage equality in the recent postal survey,

   (ii) that the postal survey had a negative impact on the mental health of many LGBTIQ Australians and their families, demonstrated by examples such as Reachout which saw a 40 per cent, and Switchboard which saw a 35 per cent, increase in people accessing their services between August and October 2017,

   (iii) that 40 per cent of young LGBTIQ people seeking help are at a higher risk of suicide - almost double the rate for their heterosexual peers,

   (iv) that many LGBTIQ people will remain scarred by the traumatic ordeal the Government has put them through by putting their rights to a public popular vote,

   (v) the urgent need to address this issue and offer support to the LGBTIQ community, and

   (vi) that the marriage equality postal survey came in approximately $20 million under budget; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to show leadership and spend this unspent postal survey funding on mental health services for LGBTIQ people. (general business notice of motion no. 611)

Senator McKim to move on the next day of sitting:

(1) That the Senate:

(a) notes that:

   (i) the New Zealand Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, has continued to pressure Australia to accept New Zealand's offer to resettle 150 refugees who are currently in offshore detention,

   (ii) New Zealand will begin work to expedite processing refugees if, and when, the offer is accepted, and

   (iii) Prime Minister Ardern stated "We made the offer because we saw a great need. No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done"; and

   (b) calls on the Government to accept New Zealand's offer to resettle 150 refugees.

(2) That a message be sent to the House of Representatives seeking its concurrence in this resolution. (general business notice of motion no. 612)

Senators Siewert and Hanson-Young to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes Triple J's decision to move its iconic Hottest 100 from 26 January to the fourth weekend in January;

(b) acknowledges the consultation process undertaken, in which almost 65 000 people participated in a questionnaire about the Hottest 100 date, with 60 per cent in favour of moving the date;

(c) notes the Triple J Hottest 100 debuted on 5 March 1989;

(d) reminds the Minister for the Arts and the Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield), of the importance of the independence of the ABC, and calls on him not to interfere with decisions of the broadcaster; and

(e) urges other organisations and community groups to consult their communities about celebrations and events held on 26 January. (general business notice of motion no. 613)

Senators Canavan, Macdonald, McKenzie, Seselja, Williams, McGrath, Paterson, Duniam, Reynolds, Fifield, Abetz, Bushby and Brockmanto move on the next day of sitting:

(1) That the Senate:

(a) notes that Australia Day is on 26 January and should remain so; and

(b) recognises that Triple J's Hottest 100 has become an iconic event since it was first proposed during Australia's bicentennial year in 1988.

(2) The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Charter states a function of the Corporation is to broadcast programs that contribute to a sense of national identity.

(3) The ABC should restore the Hottest 100 to Australia Day, 26 January. (general business notice of motion no. 614)

Senator Hanson-Young to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the growing public and industry concern relating to the allegations of sexism, sexual harassment and assault within the Australian media and arts industry, following the Mr Harvey Weinstein scandals in Hollywood;

(b) calls on broadcasters to outline their plan to stamp out the insidious culture of enabling sexual harassers, abusers and misogynistic bullies in their industry by not making a stand or holding perpetrators accountable, highlighted by the horrific accounts come to light this week;

(c) asks broadcasters to consider the corporate reputational damage for inaction on sexual harassment in the workplace;

(d) calls on all broadcasters to commit to ending the culture of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace;

(e) acknowledges the brave people, mostly women, who were victim to despicable behaviour from their colleagues and superiors; and

(f) encourages diversity and inclusion across race, gender, sexuality, ability and region in broadcasting, in an effort to foster respectful and considerate workplaces. (general business notice of motion no. 615)

Senator Hanson-Young to move 30 November 2017:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges that the Federal Government is continuing to advance plans to locate a federal radioactive waste facility in regional South Australia;

(b) notes that all three sites under consideration are actively contested by community members, and that the project in its current configuration is inconsistent with South Australian law;

(c) notes that around 95 per cent of the waste planned for any future federal facility is currently in secure storage at two existing federal sites; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to advance responsible radioactive waste management by committing not to impose any federal facility on an unwilling community, acting in a manner consistent with state laws and leading practice, and facilitating an open review process to explore the range of long-term future management options. (general business notice of motion no. 616)

Senator Birmingham to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the South Australian Labor Government provided $757 000 of taxpayer funding to One Community for advocacy purposes during the 2016 federal election;

(b) notes that the South Australian Auditor-General investigated the allocation of $757 000 by the South Australian Labor Government to One Community;

(c) notes that the South Australian Auditor-General found this funding supported activity which "included messages a reasonable person could interpret as being designed to influence support for a political party"; and

(d) calls on the South Australian branch of the Australian Labor Party to refund to South Australian taxpayers the monies that were clearly allocated for a political purpose. (general business notice of motion no. 617)